Along with the threats and bloody imagery, the jihadists continuously boasted about the “honor” of Islam and the “heroism” of martyrdom, continuously asserting that they are not brain-washed youth. After being brought to court, however, their bravado quickly dissipated into a plead of “guilty to causing a public nuisance, claiming the videos were simply part of a propaganda stunt.” Another “I was only kidding” moment brought to you by the jihadists. More on this story.
“Airliner bomb trial: ‘Suicide’ videos promised body parts on the streets,” by Duncan Gardham for the Telegraph, September 9:
In what the prosecution claimed were six “suicide videos” lasting a total of more than an hour, the defendants threatened to scatter “body parts” on the streets in revenge for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The videos appeared to be choreographed by Abdulla Ahmed Ali, who called himself the leader of “this blessed operation”.
During a 16-minute rant, Ali pointed his finger and mopped his brow as he made his point.
“You have shown more concern for animals than for the Muslim ummah [world]. When foxes are being killed you hold massive demonstrations.
“Any sensible person knows we are not targeting innocent people. We have made it absolutely clear to stay away from military, economic and government targets. If you do this you will be safe.”
Referring to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Ali told his audience: “Sheikh Osama warned you many times to leave our lands or you will be destroyed and now the time has come for you to be destroyed and you have nothing to expect than floods of martyr operations, volcanoes of anger and revenge erupting among your capital.”
He went on: “Expect floods of martyr operations against you and we will take our revenge and anger, ripping amongst your people and scattering the people and your body parts and your people’s body parts responsible for these wars and oppression decorating the streets.”
Ali accused western leaders of paedophilia, pornography and fornication and said he was “fed up with living in a kuffar [heathen] land”.
“I’m no one’s slave, I’m a free man,” he added. “Those that know me know that I was over the moon that Allah has given me this opportunity to lead this blessed operation.”
He said he had wanted to seek martyrdom since the age of 15 or 16 and said his aim was the “big rewards that Allah has promised those who step on his path and inshaallah [god willing] become martyr and the best of amongst those to me is the guarantee of jannah [paradise] for myself and my family and those that are close to me.
“On top of this is to punish and to humiliate the kuffar [non-believers], to teach them a lesson that they will never forget.”
In his 18-minute video, Umar Islam, said he was on a mission of “revenge for the actions of the USA in the Muslim lands and their accomplices such as the British and the Jews”
Dressed in a black and white checked head scarf and sitting in front of a black banner with the words “There is no god but Allah” written in Arabic he told his audience: “There are many more like us ready to strike until the law of Allah is established on this earth.”
“Until sharia is established on this earth”? Thought all this anger and frustration was due to Western interference in Islamic lands?
Islam, a convert of Jamaican origin whose real name is Brian Young, appeared to be reading from a pre-prepared script as he proclaimed: “Martyrdom operations upon martyrdom operations will keep on raining on these Kuffar until they release you and leave our lands.”
Off-screen Ali said non-believers would accuse them off being “brainwashed youths who are fed up with life and who are oppressed and angry and following a backward version of Islam.”
Islam replied: “I would say that yes my brain has been washed in the clean and cleansing waters of Islam and the Koran and the Sunnah [the path of the Prophet].
“You call us terrorists but you can see we don’t mind that because we will keep on terrorising you until you learn your lesson.”
Ali asked Islam what he would say to non-believers who accused them of being “barbarians” killing “so-called innocent people” and Islam said he did not consider anyone innocent who paid taxes for an army “pillaging the Muslim lands.”
The men had pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance, claiming the videos were simply part of a propaganda stunt, and the jury was unable to agree on whether Savant, Khan, Zaman and Islam had intended to carry out their threats.